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Student Picnic
September 7, 11:30-3:30
Cerritos

 

Fall Seminar
September 21, 9:00-5:00
Riverside

 

Board Meeting
October 19 - 10:00 a.m.
Oakland

 

Board Meeting
January 11, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
LAX

 

24th Annual Convention
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Sacramento

CalDRA Board of Directors
Special Election
2019-2020 SLATE OF NOMINEES

 

 

POSITION
NOMINEE


PRESIDENT-ELECT

Erika Sjoquist

CSR No. 12350, RPR, CRR

Erika's statement:  I am a veteran court reporter, in the business since 1992. I was first licensed in the state of Washington in April of 1992. In 1999, I acquired my RPR certification, and in 2000, received my license in California. In 2001, I moved to Ventura County, CA, where I spent 10 years at Ventura Superior Court, and now am a freelance reporter, reporting depositions, hearings, arbitrations, trials, and special events in areas of California as well as internationally. In 2009, I obtained my CRR certification. 

I became a member of CalDRA a few years ago because I wanted to support an association that was actually fighting for the profession for which I am so proud to be a part.   Soon after becoming a member, I became a board member rep, District 8 and then District 3, in 2016, advocating for court reporters in California.  Serving on the board through these years has definitely enlightened me. I didn't know I knew so little and I found myself wanting to learn more and achieve more for court reporters statewide.  We all have a lot of work ahead of us  and I am happy to help lead the way in any way I can.  l truly love my profession and can't imagine doing anything else.

What do I do when I take my court reporting hat off?  I'm a mom of two: my daughter Blakeley, 24, who is in college in Florida, earning a degree in graphic art and animation; and my son Greysen, 17, who will be attending college here in Ventura and plans to be an ER nurse.  I also am a fur-baby mom of two Boxers, George and Scarlett, who keep me pretty busy during our daily walks on the beach.

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Mary Pierce

CSR No. 6143
                        
Mary's statement:  I am honored to be considered for Vice President of CalDRA. I became licensed as a reporter in 1983. I was a staff reporter for two different agencies in LA County for a total of 18 years, and for the past 18 years, I have been the sole owner/operator of Pantera Court Reporters in Huntington Beach. With an equal balance in the years of each experience, I understand very well what it is to be an agency owner, as well as a freelancing deposition reporter, and I hope it informs my decisions both as I operate my business and as I represent your interests in our shared profession. I have been the District 4 Rep for nearly two years, have been a mentor, and also am currently the Newsletter Editor.


CalDRA is a fantastic organization, and I cherish the many contacts I have made through the group. In truth, this longtime professional loner has found a home here. It has been a privilege to serve on the Board to this point alongside some dedicated, smart and passionate ladies. I promise to continue to bring my own passion and dedication to representing your concerns and suggestions, and, hopefully, encourage you to become more involved, as well. We are at a critical tipping point in this profession, and every hand on deck can make a difference.


TREASURER

Mary Pierce

 

CSR No. 6143
                        
Mary's statement:  I am honored to be considered for Vice President of CalDRA. I became licensed as a reporter in 1983. I was a staff reporter for two different agencies in LA County for a total of 18 years, and for the past 18 years, I have been the sole owner/operator of Pantera Court Reporters in Huntington Beach. With an equal balance in the years of each experience, I understand very well what it is to be an agency owner, as well as a freelancing deposition reporter, and I hope it informs my decisions both as I operate my business and as I represent your interests in our shared profession. I have been the District 4 Rep for nearly two years, have been a mentor, and also am currently the Newsletter Editor.

 


CalDRA is a fantastic organization, and I cherish the many contacts I have made through the group. In truth, this longtime professional loner has found a home here. It has been a privilege to serve on the Board to this point alongside some dedicated, smart and passionate ladies. I promise to continue to bring my own passion and dedication to representing your concerns and suggestions, and, hopefully, encourage you to become more involved, as well. We are at a critical tipping point in this profession, and every hand on deck can make a difference.

 

 

POSITION
NOMINEE

 

Represents
Counties of

 

DISTRICT 2 DIRECTOR

 

Veronica Guerrero

CSR No. 14129

Veronica's statement:  Veronica Guerrero, CSR, works as a freelance reporter in the greater Sacramento Area.  Veronica believes in promoting the value of reporters knowing their worth. Her enthusiasm for working independently in an environment that allows for personal and professional growth led to her return to freelancing. Veronica’s appreciation for CalDra developed while a student. Struggling with a school closure and the difficulties of passing the CSR, Veronica found motivation and support in the members of CalDRA and their generosity. The freelance community is where Veronica rediscovered her passion for court reporting, both after becoming a working reporter and after working as an official. Veronica plans to continue spreading the value of CalDRA with students, new reporters, and seasoned reporters to strengthen the future of our profession.

Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Tulare, Yolo and Yuba counties
 

DISTRICT 3 DIRECTOR

 

Althea Miller 

CSR No. 3353, RPR, CCRR


Althea's statement:  I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as District 3 director.  I have been a CSR since 1976, and I have been a member of DRA since 1996.  DRA is a fantastic organization, and I look forward to working with you.

Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties
 

DISTRICT 4 DIRECTOR

 

Stephanie Leslie

CSR No. 12893, CCRR

Stephanie's statement:  Stephanie Leslie has been reporting for 15 years and now owns Regal Court Reporting and Kelli Norden & Associates, a Regal Corporation with her husband, Isaiah.  She has been providing real-time to clients for about 12 years and loves big cases and arbitrations.  She has worked internationally in some adventurous locations, such as Colombia and Nigeria, and hopes to someday get asked to go somewhere more luxurious like Italy or Australia!  She has always had a strong passion for encouraging and mentoring court reporting students and new licensees and hopes to continue that effort through the DRA, as well as making positive progress legislatively for our industry.

Orange County, plus all Professional Members residing in counties or states other than California or the USA
 
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